I just finished reading "GLORY" by Ruth Ward Heflin. I came across this book as well as another that Rob recommended a little while back in one of his messages on the glory of God, and since he doesn't often recommend books, at least on the mp3s, I was very happy to pick these up when I happened to see them in the bookstore side by side. I really enjoyed the read but will definately have to read it again, and I didn't mark anything down since I wanted to just enjoy it first, but the main premise, repeated throughout is:
"Praise...until the Spirit of worship comes. Worship...until the glory comes. Then...Stand in the glory!"
Mainly what I got from the book is that there is so much more than I've experienced in God! And that is so encouraging. It wasn't filled with suggestions and impossible prescriptions for coming into these experiences, just saying when our expections are raised then our faith rises and we meet God. That's my take on it anyway...
So I was delighted when as I was playing guitar and worshipping over the past couple of days, a new song was coming to me. I haven't done much songwriting lately due to never being alone, so I really enjoyed having a new song to sing.
Here it is:
your glory hovers over us
your glory fills us with your love
your presence overwhelms this place
the more we revel in your grace
your glory is here
your glory through Jesus is so near
your glory drives out every fear
salvation comes and healing flows
creation sings and mountains bow
your glory is here
Father, Jesus, Spirit come
let your perfect will be done
Pretty simple. I may put up some quotes during my second read of the book. I'm also reading through "Glory Invasion" by David Herzog (also recommended) which I'm finding very interesting and wishing the grace understanding was a bit stronger there, but it's still very good.
Also, on a side note, if you haven't been listening to the recent series "Invading the Impossible" over at City Church International's site, you must start now!!! It's excellent.